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Stars hit pink carpet for inaugural 'Designs for the Cure' gala

Designs for the Cure 2011

Designer David Meister was honored Friday night at a $125-a-plate charity gala organized by Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County at the Bel-Air Bay Club.

Dubbed "Designs for theCure," in addition to recognizing Meister for his contributions to the cause of breast cancer awareness (he's a founding member of the local Pink Tie Guys), a Komen-affiliated group of men), the event included a silent auction, a sit-down dinner and a presentation of work by students in the fashion design program at Otis College of Art and Design.

Victoria TaylorThat work -- in the form of design sketches -- also had a connection to Meister who is working with 15 of the students as part of Otis' design mentorship program, and their goal for this project was to create
a seasonless pink dress. A handful of those designs were on display -- propped on easels, pinned to mood boards, some with diaphanous fabric swatches attached.  

Although it was slightly disappointing not to see fully realized garments at the Oct. 28 gala, we're told plans are to have the best looks from the pink dress project made in time to hit the runway at Otis College's annual scholarship benefit and fashion show on May 5, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton.

Among the celebrities turning out at the event were Sara Ramirez of "Grey's Anatomy's" Sara Rue of “Rules of Engagement,” Emmanuelle Chriqui from "Entourage" and guitarist Saul Hudson -- better known as Slash -- and wife Perla Hudson.  

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Photos: At top, celebrity attendees at the Oct. 28 Designs for the Cure gala included, from left, honoree David Meister with Sara Rue (Credit: Neftalie Williams), Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Perla Hudson with husband Slash (Credit: Mike Brown). At bottom, a pink dress design by Otis student Victoria Taylor was among those on display at the event. Credit: Victoria Taylor, courtesy of Otis

Otis College stages its 28th annual scholarship benefit and fashion show

-2 Isabel Toledo, Trina Turk and Todd Oldham were among the student mentors who attended Otis College of Art and Design's 28th annual scholarship benefit and fashion show on Saturday night.

Held at the Beverly Hilton, the event featured student fashion presentations created under the guidance of accomplished designers and fashion brands.

Many of this year's student mentors paired up with each other in the classroom to give specific — and richly layered — design direction to junior and senior fashion design classes. 

Among the most notable collaborations were Isabel and Ruben Toledo, who partnered with outdoor clothing maker Patagonia. The mentors asked their students to design sustainable day-to-evening wear to be worn 20 years from now, with at least one piece playing a dual role.

The resulting designs were part post-Apocalyptic action hero, part alien princess, and featured billowing separates and dresses in cream and white. On the runway, futuristic jackets morphed into a backpack, a sports duffel and even a sleeping bag.

Other stand-out collections included James Bond-themed action sportswear mentored by JonMikel Rodriguez for O'Neill and swimwear designer Robin Piccone, and grey-tonal separates featuring sharp, urban-feeling men's outerwear mentored by Michael Maccari for Armani Exchange.

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